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Adventist Church’s Anti-Abuse Initiative set for August 23

Seventh-day Adventist world church leaders are calling on all Adventist congregations to designate a portion of their August 23 church service to mark the EndItNow Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day.

Story by Ansel Oliver/ANN

The Adventist Church’s annual day of emphasis brings awareness to the issues of domestic violence, sexual abuse and other forms of mistreatment. Church leaders are also urging members and others in the community to sign an online petition for world leaders to endorse EndItNow as global campaign.

A resource packet is being made available for this year’s theme, “Freedom in Relationships.” The resources were written by Family Ministries co-directors Elaine and Willie and Oliver, who are calling for more Adventist congregations to join the international initiative.

"We urge every local church to observe this EndItNow day," said Willie Oliver. "Abuse in families, even in the church, is a sad reality we must confront with compassion, awareness and education."

Women’s Ministries director Heather-Dawn Small also reinforced the need for local churches to feature the initiative.

“There are so many people suffering silently and they think the church doesn’t care. But the church does care, and that’s why this initiative is on our denomination’s world calendar,” she said.

Small also said she encounters women whose abusers justify their behavior biblically.

“That is a wrong use of the word of God, and we need to get that straighten out,” Small said.

The EndItNow initiative is jointly sponsored by nine Adventist world church departments and entities: Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries, Adventist Review, Children’s Ministries, Education, Family Ministries, Health Ministries, the Ministerial Association, Women’s Ministries and Youth Ministries.

Read the entire story on Adventist News Network here.

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